San Simon Mayor Abundio Punsalan Jr. said hog raisers with 20 or fewer pigs culled due to ASF could avail themselves of a zero-interest loan of up to P30,000, which is being offered by the Department of Agriculture (DA)’s Agricultural Credit Policy Council.
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DA offers loan for hog raisers affected by ASF
Ric Sapnu (The Philippine Star) - November 10, 2019 - 12:00am

SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – At least 200 backyard hog raisers in San Simon town whose pigs were affected by African swine fever (ASF) would receive additional financial assistance from the government.

San Simon Mayor Abundio Punsalan Jr. said hog raisers with 20 or fewer pigs culled due to ASF could avail themselves of a zero-interest loan of up to P30,000, which is being offered by the Department of Agriculture (DA)’s Agricultural Credit Policy Council.

“It will be payable in three years with zero percent interest,” Punsalan said.

 Hog raisers can use the money to start a new livelihood to  help them recover from their losses.

Punsalan said the loan is separate from the indemnity for hog raisers whose pigs were killed due to ASF.

The DA raised the compensation from P3,000 to P5,000 per head.

“We wanted to extend all possible assistance we can get to our farmers... We understand how much ASF affected their livelihood,” Punsalan said. 

The DA said 70,000 pigs have been killed since August.

ASF cases were confirmed in parts of Bulacan, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Cavite, Nueva Ecija as well as in Metro Manila, particularly in Quezon City, Malabon and Caloocan.

MAYOR ABUNDIO PUNSALAN JR
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